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Nov 18th 2019, 06:22 PM   #1
 
  Mar 2016
  Seattle

  '14 KTM Duke 690, '18 BMW R12RS, '05 BMW R12ST
Repsol and Marquez Bros

https://www.motorsport.com/motogp/ne...-2020/4599800/
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Nov 19th 2019, 07:11 AM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Muklilteo, WA

  Suzuki DL1000, Honda XR650R, KTM 250 XC-W
Zarco looked good, but this makes sense. Alex is younger and has just as many lower class championships as Zarco. He is also guaranteed to get along with Marc well. It will be interesting to see where Zarco goes, Avintia, Moto2, or..?
Nov 19th 2019, 07:59 AM   #3
 
  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  2014 FJR-ES
I donít see how Honda, in its wildest dreams, could think that Alex is going to be competitive next year in MotoGP given how long it took him to be competitive in Moto2.

Maybe they donít care since Mark won the Triple Championship this year almost by himself and this is Hondaís way of giving him a bonus although I would think that if Alex doesnít perform well next year it will be a major distraction for Mark.
Nov 19th 2019, 12:56 PM   #4
 
  May 2016
  Milwaukie, OR

  2016 ZX-10R; 2017 Z900
It will be interesting to see how they get along.

From yesterday's test, it looks like they share one trait - both of them binned their bikes! Alex was also last on the time sheet, about 2.5 sec down from Quartararo.

I was glad to see Yamaha is testing both a new chassis & engine.
Nov 19th 2019, 01:13 PM   #5
 
  Mar 2016
  Seattle

  '14 KTM Duke 690, '18 BMW R12RS, '05 BMW R12ST
I'm wondering if big brother will ride to protect Alex, try to get him wins or a championship.

If Yamaha steps up, I like Mav's and Diablo's chances next year.
Nov 19th 2019, 01:22 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Des Moines

  690 SMC R, XR650R, M1200S, VFR800, & GSXR750
I was going to say it would be almost impossible for him to crash as much as Cal does, but he's off to a good start to proving that wrong!

I think it's a good money move by them though. They'll get a lot of attention (not that they don't have enough already), sell a bunch of merch and if things go well Alex will score more points than Lorenzo did in 2019....(29 shouldn't be hard). Honestly though, I think he'll be on par with what Franco did this year (115/10th). If he does better than Cal then it'll be a full on win.

Edited by paradox206 on Nov 19th 2019 at 03:32 PM
Nov 19th 2019, 02:23 PM   #7
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  Muklilteo, WA

  Suzuki DL1000, Honda XR650R, KTM 250 XC-W
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Originally Posted by mcrider007
I donít see how Honda, in its wildest dreams, could think that Alex is going to be competitive next year in MotoGP given how long it took him to be competitive in Moto2.
Fabio never really lit the world on fire in either Moto3 or Moto2, but he is back to being the wonder boy he was before Moto3.
Nov 20th 2019, 12:23 PM   #8
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  Apr 2016
  Molalla

  2007 Aprilia Tuono Factory, 2010 Honda VFR 1200f DCT
Good thing Honda has resources, Alex bins it every race. Aint gonna get any easier at the premier level. Lot of dudes he used to race with are on that grid. I'm sure they'll take great pleasure in spanking him early and often.
Nov 20th 2019, 02:34 PM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Custer WA

  Aprilia Tuono 1100
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Good thing Honda has resources, Alex bins it every race. Aint gonna get any easier at the premier level.

Last year MM93 had the most crashes in MotoGP ( 23 ) and it worked out just fine for him.

https://www.crash.net/motogp/feature...ogp-falls-list
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Nov 20th 2019, 04:14 PM   #10
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  Apr 2016
  Molalla

  2007 Aprilia Tuono Factory, 2010 Honda VFR 1200f DCT
during practices? doesn't really count, now does it?
Nov 20th 2019, 05:35 PM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Custer WA

  Aprilia Tuono 1100
I think that's how he finds the limit.

I don't understand why anyone would think that Alex should get it all figured out by the end of next year.

JL is the only rider to beat MM in motogp for a championship, and look how long it took him to adjust to the Ducati. I wish he could have stayed there this year.
Nov 20th 2019, 06:02 PM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
these guys are going to rule the track..everyone else gets to race for 3rd...
Nov 20th 2019, 07:14 PM   #13
 
  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  2014 FJR-ES
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Originally Posted by chadams66
these guys are going to rule the track..everyone else gets to race for 3rd...
When you establish your betting lines for your predictions, Iím pretty sure I am going to want a piece of the action.
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Nov 21st 2019, 09:27 AM   #14
 
  Mar 2016
  Seattle

  '14 KTM Duke 690, '18 BMW R12RS, '05 BMW R12ST
My dark-horse-hopes go to Pol and Mir.

I don't think Alex will do much as a rookie. Or has the ruthlessness of Marc, but then . . . nobody does.
Nov 21st 2019, 01:43 PM   #15
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  Muklilteo, WA

  Suzuki DL1000, Honda XR650R, KTM 250 XC-W
Don't forget this guy on the Yamaha! Errr... wrong Fabio?!

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